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RENOVATOR OF THE YEAR: All-Craft Renovations

RENOVATOR OF THE YEAR: All-Craft Renovations

When father/son duo Brian and Justin Johnston started tackling outdoor renovation projects, their vision was to create beautiful outdoor living spaces with quality craftsmanship and customer service, making them the[Read More...]

Understanding  Energy Programs

Understanding Energy Programs

for local home building & renovations Nova Scotia has a long history of well-built homes. While this tradition of care and quality has remained, the technology and techniques involved have advanced[Read More...]

Women in Trades

Women in Trades

The future of our province relies heavily on more women entering the skilled trades industry. If someone asked you to envision a “typical” skilled tradesperson, there is a very good chance[Read More...]

Introducing The CHBA-NS 2017 Builder of the Year

Introducing The CHBA-NS 2017 Builder of the Year

Scott Smith just might have the happiest homeowners in Halifax, but —surprisingly—he didn’t achieve that by focusing all of his attention on customer service. That’s not his top priority. The owner[Read More...]

ideas for outdoors

ideas for outdoors

Exploring your deck, patio, porch and balcony options. Here in the Maritimes, the warmer months can’t get here soon enough. But when the sun starts to shine longer throughout the day,[Read More...]

Modern Design: Trend or the new Traditional?

Modern Design: Trend or the new Traditional?

Local home builders shed light on recent growth of modern home design in our predominantly traditional or craftsman market Over the past several years, there has been a trend towards modernstyle[Read More...]

Planning for life.

Planning for life.

Consider renovations that provide the best return on investment for your future, or future owners, in an aging population. Most homeowners in their ‘30s don’t need grab bars near the toilet[Read More...]

2016 Renovator of the Year – Monk Renovations

2016 Renovator of the Year - Monk Renovations

Imagine your company was declared to be the best at what it does, when it was not even seven years old. That’s what happened to Dan Monk and his company, Monk[Read More...]

Buy vs Rent

Buy vs Rent

Generational differences, lifestyle choices and finances are all affecting the traditional perception of “home”. There are few things as personal as your home. It’s where you hang your hat and where[Read More...]

Whitestone Building & Renovations

Whitestone Building & Renovations

Introducing The NSHBA’s 2016 Builder of the Year The annual Peter Kohler Peak Awards acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of members of the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association (NSHBA). Prizes represent[Read More...]

ideas for outdoors

ideas for outdoors

HGTV’s Carson Arthur joins local experts to discuss our backyard lifestyles Carson Arthur meets a lot of home-owners, and he says right now there seems to be three types with very[Read More...]

Building Hope

Building Hope

Local program brings NSHBA members together  to offer help throughout Nova Scotia communities. For over a decade, members of the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association (NSHBA) have been coming together to[Read More...]

We’re excited to be back for another great Show!

We’re excited to be back for another great Show!

The Real Home Show at the Cunard Centre - Nova Scotia’s Premium Open House! Are plans of building, buying or renovating in your future? If you answered yes, then you will[Read More...]

Reaching for the Sky – The NSHBA 2014 Renovator of the Year.

Reaching for the Sky - The NSHBA 2014 Renovator of the Year.

Introducing the NSHBA’s 2014 Renovator of the Year Skymark opened their doors in Halifax nearly four years ago, and general manager Evan Collins says business has been booming ever since. While[Read More...]

(not so) Small Spaces

(not so) Small Spaces

Strategies for designing and decorating for smaller living spaces Smaller homes, such as condominiums, townhouses, bungalows, even micro lofts and suites, and other petite places, are a growing trend. People are[Read More...]

Nice Deck…is it safe?

Nice Deck...is it safe?

Make sure it is. Learn deck construction, maintenance and inspection tips from local experts In September 2013, a Dartmouth deck collapsed sending 15 people – four with serious injuries – to[Read More...]

2015 Lifestyle Home

2015 Lifestyle Home

2015 Lifestyle Home combines smart design with family togetherness As Nova Scotia’s population ages, the home-building industry is noticing several big changes. Baby Boomers want to downsize and spent more time[Read More...]

Introducing The NSHBA’s 2014 Builder of the Year

Introducing The NSHBA’s 2014 Builder of the Year

Stonewater Homes Each year, the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association (NSHBA) presents the Peter Kohler Peak Awards to recognize the successes of its members in the residential construction[Read More...]

Smart-Sized Homes

Smart-Sized Homes

How Much Space Do We Really Need? How much house do you really need? When is “big” really too big for what you actually need, verses what you think[Read More...]

WHITESTONE The NSHBA’s 2013 Renovator of the Year

WHITESTONE The NSHBA’s 2013 Renovator of the Year

The Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association (NSHBA) Peter Kohler Peak Awards recognizes those residential home building and renovating professionals that embody excellence. Each award is an honour. But just as ‘Best[Read More...]

Renovator 101

Renovator 101

Twenty-six year-old Gavin Crawford was tired of working his restaurant job. He dreamed of being a carpenter, but wasn’t sure he’d ever have the opportunity. But everything changed when he was[Read More...]

DIY Rescues

DIY Rescues

Local Experts Urge Homeowners: Only Tackle Projects You Can Handle Safely Pat McCarthy recently had an eye-opening experience when he checked out the home of a new client. They’d previously DIYed[Read More...]

Picket Fence Homes

Picket Fence Homes

The NSHBA’s 2013 Builder of the Year Even after 12 successful years in business, Picket Fence Homes owner Robert Kraitzek had never sought out a nomination for a Peak[Read More...]

Ask, Don’t Assume

Ask, Don’t Assume

Why it’s critical to hire safety-certified and insured contractors When hiring contractors to build your new home or renovate your existing one, should you automatically assume they are safety-certified and insured?[Read More...]

The Rise of Fall Homes

The Rise of Fall Homes

Why starting your new home or renovation project in the Fall is a good idea. The days are getting shorter and the air is getting crisper, but that doesn’t mean home[Read More...]

Econo Renovations

Econo Renovations

The NSHBA’s 2012 Renovator of the Year Peter Briand spent years working for different construction companies, and finally he decided he didn’t like what he was seeing. “I got tired of how[Read More...]

Renovation Trends

Renovation Trends

Advice from local pros on what’s trending in renovations Derek Rose is intimately familiar with home renovations, both personally and professionally. He and his wife decided, once their children left home,[Read More...]

Storage & Organization Tips

Storage & Organization Tips

Local Pros help maximize your home's spaces Michelle Reid, Designer with Rooftight Construction, says it’s hard not to be impressed by these picture-perfect examples of function and organization. “We’re exposed to all[Read More...]

Outside Opinion – Home Curb Appeal

Outside Opinion - Home Curb Appeal

HGTV’s Carson Arther joins our local experts to offer advice on how to create beautiful outdoor living spaces and boost your home’s curb appeal For most of us, our home is[Read More...]

2012 Builder of the Year, Denim Homes

2012 Builder of the Year, Denim Homes

If there were a rating we could give Denim Homes, the number would be zero. Too harsh? On the contrary – this number is the reason why Denim Homes was[Read More...]

Comfort and warmth, for less

Comfort and warmth, for less

Making the right decision upfront for the proper heating system might save you hundreds of dollars every year. Energy-efficiency, lifestyle, and budget are the big factors when someone is choosing a[Read More...]

Embrace your great outdoors

Embrace your great outdoors

Make the best of the approaching warmer months by taking advantage of your own outdoor spaces Today’s outdoor living spaces are becoming extensions of our homes, and each one is customized[Read More...]

Planning your home’s potential

Planning your home’s potential

Renovations, from the smallest to the largest projects, are a big deal for homeowners. Here are some of the latest trends and advice from professionals on renovation projects for your home. Kitchen Central The[Read More...]

Introducing The NSHBA 2011 Renovator of the Year – ShireBrook

Introducing The NSHBA 2011 Renovator of the Year - ShireBrook

Quality Builders, Quality Guys When you imagine meeting five-time Peak Award winner, Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association President for its largest local, Central Nova and philanthropist, you brace yourself for a[Read More...]

Planting the seeds of investment

Planting the seeds of investment

HGTV’s Carson Arthur shares insight on preparing a home’s outdoor spaces for today’s home market To landscape or not to landscape, that is the question. Eastern Canada has developed into a prime[Read More...]

Homes for Real Life – Rooftight

Homes for Real Life - Rooftight

NSHBA's 2011 Builder of the Year Companies who take risks and challenge market standards are far and few between. So when innovative thinkers like Rooftight Construction Ltd. start to[Read More...]

Welcome to the 2012 Lifestyle Home

Welcome to the 2012 Lifestyle Home

Imagine stepping into a house and instinctively knowing where to place your keys, where to comfortably take off your shoes and where to find all control panels. 625[Read More...]

Wanted: Skilled Tradespeople in Nova Scotia

Wanted: Skilled Tradespeople in Nova Scotia

The shortage of skilled labour. It’s a topic that is often in the news and one that is directly affecting the home building industry. But the industry is working to[Read More...]

Go take it outside!

Go take it outside!

The warmer weather is just around the corner, so here are a few popular options to consider for your next great outdoor project. Let the Sun Shine In Sunrooms are more than[Read More...]

Efficiency: right at home in Nova Scotia

Efficiency: right at home in Nova Scotia

Efficiency Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association launch Energy Efficient Demonstration Homes   In the fall of 2010, Efficiency Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association (NSHBA)[Read More...]

Plan now, relax later

Plan now, relax later

Local professionals shed some light on what Nova Scotians are planning for their homes – or should be. When it comes to home renovation, design and planning, there will always be[Read More...]

The Efficiency Nova Scotia Demonstration Homes – An educational experience.

The Efficiency Nova Scotia Demonstration Homes - An educational experience.

Story c/o Jamie Tobin, NSHBA For eight weeks, beginning in October the Nova Scotia Home Builders Association (NSHBA) and Efficiency Nova Scotia Corporation will be showcasing two homes featuring the newest[Read More...]

The Homes-built for-Boomers Boom

The Homes-built for-Boomers Boom

As the largest generation of the last century approaches their senior years, the aging-in-place philosophy looks to become the next great revolution in housing. What do today’s baby boomers and[Read More...]

Lakefront Dream Reno

Lakefront Dream Reno

NSHBA Renovator of the Year Econo Renovations helps local family recreate their dream home. When they moved back to Nova Scotia from Calgary a few years ago, Lise and Galen Sokolowski[Read More...]

The Big Build

The Big Build

Whether you’re planning a major renovation or a new build, you’ll have lots of decisions to make throughout the process. But you won’t need to make all of them by[Read More...]

2011 R-2000 Showcase of Homes

2011 R-2000 Showcase of Homes

Don’t miss the chance to tour these Energy Efficient Homes! This year marks the 23nd anniversary of the R-2000 Showcase of Homes, produced by the Nova Scotia Home Builders’[Read More...]

Reinventing the way we garden

Reinventing the way we garden

Putting the Green back in your home’s green-space So many of Nova Scotia’s yards either fall victim to ruthless weeds or remain bare after the harsh winter. But no[Read More...]

Builder of the Year

Builder of the Year

Kel-Greg Homes named Builder of the Year by the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association at the 2010 Peter Kohler Peak Awards.When people think about winning the lottery they[Read More...]

Efficiency Nova Scotia Demonstration Homes

Efficiency Nova Scotia Demonstration Homes

The future of housing in Nova Scotia When it comes to advanced building practices, Nova Scotia leads the way for innovation. This makes the Efficiency Nova Scotia Demonstration Homes project[Read More...]

Available programs for Energy Efficient Homes

Available programs for Energy Efficient Homes

Green, eco, environmentally friendly, energy efficient whatever way you slice it, generally speaking, society as a whole can identify with these words and what they mean. The idea[Read More...]

Finding inner peace with your outer space

Finding inner peace with your outer space

A backyard is not just a plot of land, but rather an extension of the home. No longer is it enough to add a barbecue and a basic patio,[Read More...]

Options for a warm, cozy home

Options for a warm, cozy home

Homeowners have numerous decisions to make when building a home, and how they will heat their house is just one of them. But there are a number of options that[Read More...]

Contest Extravaganza at the Real Home Show!

Contest Extravaganza at the Real Home Show!

Win a southern destination trip for two![Read More...]

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